Saturday, December 29, 2012

Book Review: The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1)

The Perfect Play (Play by Play #1)

Author: Jaci Burton

Publication:  Kindle Edition

Publication Date: 02/01/2011

Source: E-book owned by reviewer

Buy it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Audience: Contemporary romance, adult


From the national bestselling author of Riding the Night comes an erotic story about love and the games people play. 

The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star-both on the field and in the bedroom. 

Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.

My Review

This is the first time I have read any of Burton’s work although she comes highly recommended. I was tempted by the picture on the cover and the old adage of ‘don’t judge a book by its’ cover’ never proved truer.

I give the book a birdie just for the cover art. But once you get past the eyepopping wonderfulness of that, there is really very little substance. The plot is hackneyed and trite. Boy meets girl. They have lots of sex. There is the welcoming into the family she never had. And more sex. And a misunderstanding. And more sex. And the apology. And more sex. And the happy ever after. And more sex.

I thought the protagonists were two dimensional and felt no connection to the (American) football world. This may be different for readers based in the USA, to be fair.

Despite all this, the book gets another birdie for the sex. If that’s what you buy these sorts of books for, then you won’t be disappointed. Mick Riley is a ‘talker’ and there is enough variety within the various couplings to keep you satisfied.

Blysse’s Hot:Plot Ratio

A lot of perfectly competently written hot interspersed with little formulaic plot


  1. I read this one a couple months back and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I'm normally not a fan of contemporary romance but I liked Burton's writing style. Great review :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  2. Thanks Kimberly! :-)

    Just goes to show that writing is art- what appeals to one person may not appeal to others in the same way. All in the eye of the beholder- I hope authors remember this.


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